The McMahon Aquinas Chair and Study Abroad Opportunities

Study Abroad



Saint Mary's College is one of a few, very prestigious Catholic colleges and universities in the United States to have been invited to participate in the Overseas Student Programme at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University.  This program provides talented, hardworking and motivating students with the opportunity to spend a year studying at one of the world's most storied universities (Oxford), as well as at one of the world's most famous centers for the study of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Catholic intellectual tradition in general (Blackfriars Hall).

For more information about the opportunities available to Saint Mary's students at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University, please contact Dr. Michael Waddell, the Saint Mary's faculty coordinator for the Blackfriars Overseas Student Programme, or visit the Saint Mary's study abroad webpage.

For now, perhaps a few pictures will whet your appetite...


Welcome to Blackfriars!


Blackfriars Hall

The east facade of Blackfriars Hall




Fr. Gaines welcomes Dalai Lama

Fr. Gaines welcomes His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, during his recent visit to Blackfriars


Students greet Cardinal Turkson

Students greet Cardinal Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace




Blackfriars at study...


Seminar with Fr. Finn

A seminar with Fr. Finn


Las Casas Institute Seminar

A Las Casas Institute seminar on social justice and human rights


Aquinas Lecture

An Aquinas Lecture in the aula



Blackfriars at play...


Blackfriars toast


Blackfriars toast




Blackfriars in celebration...


Blackfriars celebration


Blackfriars celebration


Blackfriars celebration